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In the UK, ‘Megxit’ and Downing Street briefing change put focus on press access

January 14, 2020 5:20 PM ET

Journalists and press associations in the United Kingdom this week debated issues of access and what constitutes “credible media,” as royal correspondents scrutinized the fall out from “Megxit”—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plan to step back from royal duties and the pool system of news coverage—and the Society...

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British Virgin Islands law to impose fines, jail terms for online defamation

December 23, 2019 3:40 PM ET

Miami, December 23, 2019 -- British Virgin Islands Governor Augustus Jaspert should reject cybercrime legislation recently approved by the territory’s legislature, or require revisions to the bill to protect press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Q&A: Leona O’Neill on the aftermath of Lyra McKee’s killing in Northern Ireland

December 17, 2019 12:01 PM ET

Leona O’Neill was reporting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate on April 18, 2019, the night Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet. Considered a rising star in the British and Irish media, McKee was the first journalist to be killed in Northern Ireland since 2001, CPJ noted at the...

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Guardian columnist Owen Jones assaulted in London

August 19, 2019 12:00 PM ET

On August 17, 2019, a group of men physically attacked Owen Jones, a columnist for the U.K. daily newspaper The Guardian, his employer reported....

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UK should not deny media access based on propaganda label

July 9, 2019 2:21 PM ET

CPJ writes to U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to express concern at his government's decision to deny accreditation to Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik based on a determination that the outlets are a form of propaganda. The move empowers autocratic governments around the world who use a similar rationale to justify the repression of critical journalism.

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Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during riot in Northern Ireland

April 19, 2019 9:47 AM ET

New York, April 19, 2019 - Freelance journalist Lyra McKee was fatally injured late last night during riots and a police operation in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, according to multiple news reports....

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Why the prosecution of Julian Assange is troubling for press freedom

April 12, 2019 5:58 PM ET

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police yesterday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange--a development press freedom advocates had long feared....

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CPJ troubled by prosecution of Julian Assange

April 11, 2019 2:28 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it was deeply concerned by the U.S. prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Authorities in the United Kingdom arrested Assange this morning at the Ecuadoran Embassy as part of an extradition agreement with the U.S., according to a...

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Journalists verbally harassed by demonstrators in London

January 14, 2019 1:43 PM ET

On January 7, 2019, journalists working near the Parliament building in London were repeatedly verbally harassed by supporters of Brexit, the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, according to news reports and the journalists' posts on social media....

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US has filed secret charges against Julian Assange, reports say

November 16, 2018 4:14 PM ET

New York, November 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is closely monitoring news reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly filed charges against the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange....

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